20 March 2007 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

I just picked up Brian Swimme’s book The Universe is a Green Dragon and was reminded of what an amazing, beautiful, important book it is.  Here is a long quote that shows why I think it could and should be a contemporary bible:

Most amazing is this realization that every thing that exists in the universe came from a common origin. The material of your body and the material of my body are intrinsically related because they emerged from and are caught up in a single energetic event. Our ancestry stretches back through the life forms and into the stars, back to the beginnings of the primeval fireball. This universe is a single multiform energetic unfolding of matter, mind, intelligence, and life.

This reminded me of Manuel DeLanda’s A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History which he says is “a meditation on the history of matter-energy in its different forms and of the multiple coexistences and interactions of these forms,” for, in his point of view,

reality is a *single matter-energy* undergoing phase transitions of various kinds. . . . Rocks and winds, germs and words, are all different manifestations of this dynamic material reality, or, in other words, they all represent the different ways in which this single matter-energy *expresses itself*.

Swimme’s book speaks joyfully of the ways that one might express one’s “matter-energy.”  He concludes his book like this:

Fires from the beginning  of time empower you *right now–this instant*.  What you are thinking and feeling this very moment is possible only through the cosmic fire. . . In each moment, we face this cosmic responsibility: to shape and discharge this fire in a manner worthy of its numinous origins. . . .We have the power to *forge* cosmic fire. What can compare with such a destiny? (169-170)

In other words, burn, baby, burn.


Entry filed under: books, delanda, energonomics, science.

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